Deadline approaching for consultation on libraries

Lincolnshire County Council.

Lincolnshire County Council.

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People have just over a week left to share their ideas 
for making savings within 
Lincolnshire’s library services.

Alternative proposals for how a service could be provided within Lincolnshire County Council’s reduced budget must be submitted by October 31.

About 100 responses have already been received during this period of consultation, which builds upon the work that took place last year.

The authority’s original decision to cut the service by £2m and hand over the running of 30 libraries to community groups was quashed by the High Court due to the way the public consultation was handled ahead of the move.

Coun Nick Worth, executive member for libraries, said: “We’ve had a range of ideas put forward over the last few weeks.

“One suggestion was to get rid of library buildings altogether and just provide a mobile service in all areas.

“We’ve also had a number people saying we should charge for books. However, that’s something we’re not allowed to do under law.

“There’s still time to share your ideas, but the deadline is looming. So if you want to put forward a proposal, please complete the survey.”

You can submit your proposals by filling in an online form at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/librariesconsulta
tion, where you can also find 
details of the council’s own proposal.

Alternatively, you can take part at your local library or by calling the customer service centre on Freephone 0800 022 4966 (9am-5pm, Monday to Friday).

Any other questions about taking part in the consulta
tion can be sent by email to 
librariesfeedback@lincoln
shire.gov.uk.

It is anticipated that the executive will take a fresh decision on the future of the library service in February 2015.